War Diary of the Fort Garry Horse Regiment (10 C.A.R.)

April 1943

Place

Date

Summary of Events and Information

Lindford & Headley, Hants. England

1/4/43

Clear but quite cool in the morning, becoming warmer by noon.  This morning there were S.A.P. parades to Hatch House Farm for the showing of training film.  The afternoon was spent in normal training.

 

2/4/43

Clear and cold in the morning, becoming warmer by noon.  Reveille was at 0615 hrs this morning for Headquarters Squadron with P.T. at 0630 hrs.  Normal training was carried out for the remainder of the morning.  This afternoon a Mobile Bath Unit was operating in Headquarters Squadron lines.  This evening there was a route march for Headquarters Squadron and also a picture show at Hatch House Barn.

 

3/4/43

Clear and fairly warm all day.  This morning there was the usual Saturday morning clean-up for Lieut Col R.E.A. Morton’s inspection after which the Regiment went to the Martinique Barracks parade square for smartening-up drill.  This evening there was a Sergeants dance in Hatch House Barn.  There was also a dance at the Headley Village Hall for the personnel of H.Q. and “C’ Squadrons.

 

4/4/43

Clear and very warm all day.  There were R.C. and Protestant Church parades to Headley in the morning.  The afternoon as usual was free.  The Regt advanced their time one hour.  The film “You’ll Never Get Rich” was shown at Hatch House Barn.

 

5/4/43

Bright and warm.  In the morning the “I” staff went to Brigade for an indoor scheme consisting of Map marking and the keeping of “I” Summaries and Message logs.  The Regt had ABCA and Padre’s hour.  In the afternoon there were sports parades.  The show “Man Power” was put on in Hatch House Barn.

 

6/4/43

Clear and warm all day.  Normal training was carried out all day.  This evening H.Q. and “B” Squadrons went on route marches in light battle order.

 

7/4/43

Cloudy and cold all day with light showers in the morning.  Normal training was carried out all day with the exception of an R.C.s. Padre’s hour in the morning.

 

8/4/43

Clear and cold.  A number of the Regiments personnel went to “Eastbourn” to watch a demonstration.  This was cancelled and the party returned to camp.  This evening there was a training film in Hatch House Barn.  The film was titled “The Use of Tracer”.

 

9/4/43

Clear and cold.  Another but smaller group left for “Eastbourn” to watch the demonstration on the tactics of a German Infantry Platoon.  There was a large body of troops attended and the demonstration turned out very well.

 

10/4/43
[All Tanked Up says 10th May]

Clear and warm.  In the morning there was a Regimental S.A.P. parade.  The Regiment went to “Martinique” parade square in “Camp Bordon” and practised Squadron and Regimental drill.  There were marches past, first in line then in column.  Lieut Col R.E.A. Morton took the Salute.  No 1 C.I.R.U. band played for the marches and drill.  In the afternoon there was another S.A.P. parade.  This was for an inspection by Major General The Hon. P.J. Montague our Hon. Col.  During the inspection he shook hands with Trooper Lalonde A.J. who won the B.E.M. And with S.S.M. Halliday H.B., S.S.M.  Akerstream R., S.Q.M.S.  Bloomfield, Sergeant Mudel, Sergeant Crabb and L/Sergeant McCumber who held Canadian Efficiency Medals.  After dismissal there was a Regimental “Victory Week” party.  There was a ball game between the S.A.R. and the Regimental team.  The S.A.R. won by a score of 5 to 1.  There were also races, rides in peeps and carriers and other entertainment for the children.  The proceeds were 27 pounds.

 

11/4/43

Clear and warm.  There was a R.C.’s Church parade to Headley Village Hall at 0900 hrs this morning.  The Protestants turned out S.A.P. at 0945 hrs dressed in best battle dress, web belts, black gloves and berets.  They were transported to “Grayshott” where they dismounted and marched to “St Albans” Church in “Hindhead”.  On the way to the Church there was a march past with Brigadier A.M. Thomas taking the salute.  The party arrived back in camp at 1250 hrs.  This evening there was a picture show (International Lady) shown in Hatch House Barn.

 

12/4/43

Clear and warm.  This morning there was the usual weekly A.B.C.A. periods and Padre hour.  There was an Intelligence school held this morning for all Intelligence personnel.  This evening there was a short air raid alert.

 

13/4/43

Clear and warm.  Normal training was carried out this morning.  This included the usual half hour every Tuesday morning form 1000 to 1030 hrs. at which time all personnel in the Regiment wear their respirators.  Normal training was resumed in the afternoon.  This evening there was a route march for “HQ” Squadron.  This evening from 2100 hrs until 2200 hrs there was a steady stream of heavy bombers passing over head proceeding due South.

 

14/4/43

Clear and warm.  Early this morning there was another leave party left for Haslemere station where they left for their nine days leave.  Normal training was carried out in the morning and afternoon.  This evening there was a picture show (The Fleet’s In)  shown in Hatch House Barn at 1830 hrs.

 

15/4/43

Clear and warm all day.  Normal training was carried out in the morning.  This afternoon there were pay parades from 1230 hrs until 1800 hrs.  Squadrons being paid in the following order: “A” “HQ” “C” and “B”.  This evening there were training films shown in Hatch House Barn after which “HQ” Squadron went on a night driving and map reading scheme.

 

16/4/43

Clear and warm all day.  Normal training was carried out in the morning and afternoon.  This evening all ranks were confined to barracks and were not permitted to leave until all web was cleaned and barrack rooms and areas were cleaned up for inspection tomorrow.  This inspection is to be carried out by Lieut General Sansom.

 

17/4/43

Bright and warm all day.  This morning all personnel in the Regiment went on with their work.  Tank crews and truck drivers turned out in clean coveralls and did maintenance on their vehicles.  The remainder who were not on maintenance parade or employed otherwise did dismounted drill.

 

18/4/43

Clear and very warm all day.  There were Protestant Church parades this morning to Headley Parish Church.  The service started at 1000 hrs.  There was also a R.C. Church parade to Headley Village Hall.

 

19/4/43

Clear and warm all day.  This morning the weekly A.B.C.A. period and Padre hour was held for all Squadrons.  Normal training was carried out in the afternoon.  There was a short air raid alert about 1345 hrs.  This evening Sergeant Michie gave a lecture to the officers on the battle in “Tunisia”.

 

20/4/43

Clear and warm.  Normal training was carried out in the morning and afternoon.  This evening there was a route march for HQ Squadron and a night Convoy for “C” Squadron.

 

21/4/43

Clear and warm all day.  Normal training was carried out in the morning and afternoon.  This evening there was a light Convoy for “HQ” Squadron.  There was also a picture show in Hatch House Barn.

 

22/4/43

Cloudy with showers.  There was no P.T. at 0630 hrs this morning for “HQ” Squadron due to the rain.  Early this morning the Intelligence Officer and a group of O.R.’s from each Squadron left for the South Coast to watch a demonstration on the handling of Prisoners of War.  There was a group of personnel from “HQ” Squadron who went to the ranges for the day.  This evening there were training films shown in Hatch House Barn for all Squadrons, after which “A” Squadron went on a route march.

 

23/4/43

Cloudy with heavy showers.  Reveille was half an hour later this morning and also breakfast.  There were sports parades from 0800 until 1000 hrs.  The remainder of the day was free.  This evening there was an air raid alert about 2230 hrs.  Explosions were heard in the distance and aircraft motors were heard over head, but there was no local A.A. fire.

 

24/4/43

Clear and cool this morning becoming warmer by noon.  About 0600 hrs the local A.A. batteries carried out practices and tracer could be seen streaking into the sky.  This morning Lieut Col R.E.A. Morton carried out an inspection of the lines.  This afternoon there was a sports parade after which the remainder of the day was free.  This evening there was a dance at Headley Village Hall.

 

25/4/43

Cloudy and cool with showers in the early morning.  This morning there was an S.A.P. parade in “A” Squadron parade ground.  This was for a Drum-head Church service.  There was also a R.C.’s Church parade to Headley Village Hall.  This evening there was a picture show (My Favorite Blonde) shown in Hatch House Barn.

 

26/4/43

Cloudy and cool all day.  This morning there were the regular weekly A.B.C.A. periods and Padre hours for all Squadrons.  Sergeant Michie gave talks to the Squadrons on his stay with the First Army in “Tunisia”.  This afternoon schools and normal training was resumed.  There was an air raid alert about 1830 hrs.

 

27/4/43

Cloudy and cool, with clear periods during the day.  This morning normal training was carried out.  During the half hour from 1000 1030 at which time respirators were worn, there were C.A.P. gas generators lighted in the Squadrons lines.  This morning there were Muster Parades held in all Squadrons.  Normal training was carried out in the afternoon.  This evening “HQ” Squadron went on a night driving and harbouring scheme.

 

28/4/43

Cloudy but warm all day.  Normal training was carried out in the morning.  This afternoon there were sports parades.  At 1630 hrs this afternoon “HQ” Squadron turned out in Light Battle Order.  They were then taken in trucks to a pre-arranged position where they dismounted and cooked their own suppers before returning to camp.  This evening there was a picture show (The Shadow Of The Thin Man) shown in Hatch House Barn.  About 1830 hrs this evening there was  a short air raid alert.

 

29/4/43

Clear and quite cold in the morning, becoming warmer by noon.  There was a Dental inspection on the 0815 parade this morning for “HQ” Squadron.  Normal training was carried out for the remainder of the morning and afternoon.  This evening there were training films for all Squadrons, shown in Hatch House Barn.  There was also a soft ball game in “HQ” Squadron.  This was between R.H.Q. and the L.A.D. and is to be the first of a series of inter troop games.

 

30/4/43

Cloudy and cool all day with showers in the afternoon.  Normal training was carried out this morning.  This afternoon there were pay parades from 1230 hrs until 1800 hrs.  The Squadrons were paid in the following order “C” “B” “HQ” and “A”.  This evening men and N.C.O.’s were confined to barracks until the Squadron OC had inspected kit and quarters.

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